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The History of Sir George Ellison

The History of Sir George Ellison

Betty Rizzo Editor
Copyright Date: 1996
Edition: 1
Pages: 288
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    The History of Sir George Ellison
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    The History of Sir George Ellison(1766) is an important novel, both utopian and dystopian. Sir George, a man of benevolence, follows the pattern of the female utopia set forth in Scott's first novel,A Description of Millenium Hall(1762). In this sequel, Scott addresses issues of slavery, marriage, education, law and social justice, class pretensions, and the position of women in society, consistently emphasizing the importance, for both genders and all classes and ages, of devoting one's life to meaningful work. Although she adopted a gradualist approach to reform, Scott's uncompromising revelation of the corruption of English society in her day is clear-sighted, arresting, and hard-hitting.

    eISBN: 978-0-8131-4862-5
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Acknowledgments
    (pp. vii-viii)
  4. Introduction
    (pp. ix-xlii)

    Sarah Robinson Scott was born to many advantages of education and upbringing that made her a writer, but if she had not needed the money, she would scarcely have turned out the nine books (at least) that made her a professional author.

    In 1712 her father, Matthew Robinson (1694-1778), of Edgeley and West Layton Hall in Yorkshire and of a younger branch of a respectable Yorkshire family, married Elizabeth Drake (c.1693-1746), a Kentish heiress, daughter of Councillor Robert Drake of Cambridge. Together they produced twelve children of whom seven sons and two daughters survived. In Yorkshire were baptized Matthew...

  5. Chronology of Events in Sarah Robinson Scott’s Life
    (pp. xliii-xlvi)
  6. Note on the Text
    (pp. xlvii-xlviii)
  7. The History of Sir George Ellison: Volume I

    • Preface
      (pp. 3-4)

      The usual intention of a preface, I apprehend, is to make the Author’s apology; and yet I question whether he might not have a better chance of extenuating his fault (if he has committed one) by abridging his book than by adding to its length.

      The doubt I am in as to this particular, will make me, though I comply with the custom, endeavour to do it in as few words as possible; and with all convenient brevity attempt my excuse for offering to the public the following sheets.

      The lives of good or eminent persons have been thought an...

    • Book I.
      (pp. 5-52)

      Sir George Ellison’s father was the younger son of an ancient and opulent family; but receiving only that small proportion of his father’s wealth, which, according to the custom of this country, usually falls to the share of a younger child, his posterity had little chance of inheriting any considerable fortune from him; though he had, by the profession in which he was placed,¹ been enabled to live genteelly. Had his diligence been greater on his first entering it, he might have raised to himself such an income as would have enabled him to make a better provision for his...

    • Book II.
      (pp. 53-100)

      Mr. Blackburn was much delighted with his new neighbour. His understanding, and elegance of manners, polished more by humanity than by mixing in the great world, were far superior to any thing he had seen in that country. Mr. Ellison was peculiarly happy in having his virtues uncommonly conspicuous; they shone the brighter for a modest endeavour to conceal them; which was rendered unsuccessful by every line in his countenance, and every sentence he freely uttered. The early part of his education had been a learned one; and if his occupations had denied him leisure to increase his stock, he...

    • Book III.
      (pp. 101-163)

      While Mr. Ellison remained at Millenium Hall, he made frequent visits to the two societies,¹ composed of the persons those ladies had removed from a state of mortifying dependence; and received great pleasure from seeing their happiness. Observing to them one day how complete their satisfaction appeared, one of the ladies said to him, ‘How is it possible it should be otherwise, if our dispositions are not uncommonly prone to discontent and ingratitude! We enjoy not only every circumstance of comfort, but every rational pleasure. All the benefits society can afford are within our reach; all that competence can yield...

    • Book IV.
      (pp. 164-222)

      The first opportunity Mr. Ellison had of entertaining Miss Almon alone, he asked her, ‘If she had any objection to going to Jamaica, where he had a sister-in-law, under whose protection she would be safe; for between the real danger, and her perhaps too strong apprehensions of being known, she would probably be exposed to great inconveniencies in England.’

      Miss Almon replied, ‘that no person could have less reason to be attached to her native land, than she who had no friend in it on whom she could depend; and in reality she had rather go into another country, than...

  8. Notes to the Novel
    (pp. 223-232)
  9. Bibliography
    (pp. 233-235)